Feds, Fresno County deputies team up on pot seizure

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Jul 282012

Fresno County sheriff’s deputies and U.S. Drug Enforcement agents seized more than 700 marijuana plants during a raid Friday morning in the Three Rocks community of western Fresno County. Investigators found the plants while serving four federal search warrants, said Fresno County sheriff’s Lt. Rick Ko. Some of the plants seized were over 12 feet tall, and each would have produced more than six pounds of high-grade processed marijuana, Ko told the Fresno Bee. The [read more …]

Apr 182012

Local law enforcement announced Monday that it will be working with federal agencies to crack down on large-scale medical marijuana grows, primarily on agricultural land. “We’re going to start (pushing for) federal charges against people because of the state’s reluctance to file cases,” said Tom MacKenzie, spokesman for the Merced County Sheriff’s Department. “We’re notifying people that there’s going to be law enforcement action.” The Sheriff’s Department is sending out letters and emails telling medical [read more …]

Must-see 4/20: Oaksterdam protest, film festival

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Apr 182012

Title: Oaksterdam protest and film festivalLocation: OaklandDate: 04-20-2012Start Time: 11 a.m.End Time: 8 p.m.Link out: Click hereDescription: Join activists from California NORML at 11 a.m. at the Federal Building in Oakland (1301 Clay St.) to protest the federal attack on Oaksterdam and medical cannabis. At noon we will be marching up to Oaksterdam to make our views known to the President’s campaign. Participants are invited to drop by the Oaksterdam Student Union, 1915 Broadway, for [read more …]

DeAngelo headlines L.A. dispensary seminar

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Apr 082012
DeAngelo headlines L.A. dispensary seminar

Has your medical cannabis business been targeted with an IRS notice or tax audit? If you haven’t been hit yet, YOU WILL! Harborside Health Center’s Stephen DeAngelo and the country’s leading tax experts on 280E — Henry Wykowski and Hank Levy — will present effective strategies for dealing with IRS audits and for minimizing your 2012 tax liabilities. (Speaker bios.) Your $399 registration fee includes the seminar and your first drink at a social gathering [read more …]

Prop. 19 backer Lee, Oaksterdam hit by fed raids

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Apr 032012

OAKLAND – Multiple federal agencies unleashed raids Monday on the home and businesses of one of California’s most famous marijuana advocates, Richard Lee, founder of the renowned cannabis industry trade school known as Oaksterdam University. Lee, who spent $1.6 million to bankroll Proposition 19, an unsuccessful 2010 measure to legalize marijuana for recreational use, was neither arrested nor charged, Peter Hecht reports in the Sacramento Bee. But federal authorities from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the [read more …]

Oaksterdam University raided by DEA, police

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Apr 022012

OAKLAND — Federal agents are carrying out an investigation at Oaksterdam University in Oakland this morning, Internal Revenue Service spokeswoman Arlette Lee said. Lee said the IRS, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and the U.S. Marshals Service are working together on the operation, KGO-TV reports. She said she could not yet disclose further details. Oaksterdam University, which opened in November 2007 and bills itself as “America’s first cannabis college,” is located at 1600 Broadway in [read more …]